It might have been in the running for the word of the year: consistency.
You’ve probably also heard that we usually only see the tip of the iceberg. The person once they’ve become “successful”. We don’t see the years of effort, the starting and stopping, the earlier versions and ideas, the practice, the failed attempts, the self doubt, the FOMO and the decision to be consistent and go for this.
You see, it doesn’t really matter what you’re trying to accomplish — learning, fitness, relationships or changes to any habit. Consistency will work in your favour. It’s a simple concept but hard to implement. Because it means choosing this over that. It means hearing the internal voice that will try to pull you away to immediate gratification or comfort and saying, no, I’m not going there. Or ignoring pressure you’re getting from external voices — choosing yourself over others.
You have the power to make a dramatic change. But it’s never overnight. It’s not quick. It requires you to show up, every day, even though it feels hard or pointless at times. And if you stumble, don’t let yourself stumble more than twice in a row. See yourself as the kind of person who is showing up and has become what you’re striving for.
So if I have a new year’s resolution, it’s to remain consistent. To keep showing up. Which is why I’m publishing this post today. Even though I could rationalize not doing it. Because I’ve done it now consistently for weeks. Every Thursday. I showed up and hit publish. Even though not many people are paying attention. Because sharing my ideas and practicing my writing — consistently — is moving me closer to some future state. And I suspect I won’t know exactly what that is until it happens.